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Venezuela Leads the World in Small Arms Destruction

Venezuela’s effort to end illegal gun use is making the country a leader in the destruction of small arms, said the vice minister of the Integrated Police System, Luis Fernández.

Fernández said that Venezuelan authorities destroyed 130,000 fire arms in 2011, and will rid the country of another 50,000 by the end of this year. According to the vice minister, these figures are higher than anywhere else in the world right now.

In an interview on Venezolana de Televisión, he said most of the guns being destroyed are illegal weapons that have been seized by police.

Since 2003, when Venezuela began a policy of small arms destruction, a total of 287,838 guns have been destroyed as part of the government’s disarmament strategy.

The secretary of the Presidential Commission for Weapons Control and Disarmament, Pablo Férnandez, announced in an interview that a public event will be held on November 29 in the state of Lara to destroy the 50,000 guns seized in recent months.

He said that with less guns on the street, the lives of Venezuelans will be safer.

“We are advancing with the work of the ‘Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela’ [Venezuela Full of Life], in coordinating all efforts for citizens security,” Fernández added.

He also said that the government is working to reform the justice system and strengthen the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Corps (CICPC) “so that it has a greater capacity to investigate criminal acts and address the issue of disarmament.”

AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / November 20, 2012

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